A Private Matter (1992)

Director
Joan Micklin Silver

Main cast
Sissy Spacek; Aidan Quinn; Estelle Parsons; Sheila McCarthy; Leon Russom

Genres
Drama

Description
The true story of Romper Room host "Miss Sherri" Finkbine, who, after the devastating effects of thalidomide were discovered in the early 1960s, sparked a firestorm of controversy with her determination to obtain an abortion.


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